Why Study Habits Beat Study Goals

When it comes to preparing for the SAT or ACT there’s a goal score and dream school in mind.

With any goal in order to maximize your chances of attaining them breaking it into smaller pieces is crucial to your success.

Did you know that creating good study habits for test prep is more important than the goal you set?

Here’s why:

Take for example, your fitness goal is losing 20 pounds. Setting a weekly goal of weight loss is typical, but the results fluctuate based on a number of different factors. The better method is to set the habit of going to the gym for 45 minutes 3 – 5 times per week. The time it takes to lose 20 pounds may differ than your timeline, but focusing on the habit will get you to our goal eventually.

As for test prep, the higher the score or more prestigious the university closing the gap to a perfect score becomes harder.

If you plan on studying 2 1/2 hours per week until the test date it’s unrealistic to find that chunk of time during the week on top of your regular homework.

Instead why not set the habit of spending 30 minutes daily for test prep reviewing the problems you got incorrect on the practice test

Daily test prep influences the timeline in which you feel ready to score well on the test. If you start this process now, chances are you’ll have a choice as to which test date to sign up for in the future.

Think of good study habits as a means to your end goal.

Rather than apply more pressure to yourself, stick to creating good study habits and you’ll relieve some test anxiety.

When preparing for the SAT or ACT set good study habits from the start. It’s the foundation that sets you up for reaching your academic goals.

SAT vs. ACT: Which One Should I Take?

Fortunately, there are enough free resources out there to make a sound decision.

Start here with the college(s) you want to get into.

Based on your school selection it should be clear which test (SAT or ACT) is accepted or preferred and what score you need to achieve to be accepted (along with GPA).

If both assessments are acceptable and you’re not sure which test is the better fit, here are the main differences:

SAT

  • 50% Math
  • Focus on Critical Thinking
  • No Calculator Section

ACT

  • 25% Math, but harder
  • Science Section
  • Faster (time to complete)

Even with this knowledge if you’re still at a standstill take a practice test for each and see which one you score higher in naturally.

Some regions favor one over the other, but ultimately it’s your choice.

We can help you make a decision with this prior information since it’s not advised that you take both tests unless required (why spend your time/energy on two when you can focus on one).

Once you decide you can start preparing to surpass your goal score!

Let us know if we can help!

 

When Should You Prepare For The SAT/ACT?

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Generally: 3 months in advance.

That’s average, but it’s better to be more prepared than less prepared right?

There’s tons of factors including: hours spent studying per week, self-study vs. online tutoring, time before test date, budget, etc. 

Factoring all that take this into consideration…

The SAT/ACT counts for 25% of your college admission plus scores are accepted on a “curve” for each university. That means the more competitive of a school you are applying for, the scores to be considered will be higher.

Ask any high scoring former student their secret to success: hard work.

If you’re a fast learner you can speed up the pace, but we wouldn’t recommend tutoring with us for less than a month’s period. Of course, ultimately it’s your call, but be warned your expectations need to match your work ethic.

Generic answers aren’t a “one size fits all” approach which is why our focus on matchmaking makes so much sense.

Online tutoring is customized learning so if you want the real answer, let’s hop on the phone and complete a student profile to find the right tutor for you!